Malcolm Muggeridge

Journalist, Author

1903 – 1990


Who was Malcolm Muggeridge?

Thomas Malcolm Muggeridge was an English journalist, author, media personality, and satirist. During World War II, he was a soldier and a spy. As a young man, Muggeridge was a left-wing sympathiser but he later became a forceful anti-communist. He is credited with popularising Mother Teresa and Catholic theology, and in his later years became a religious and moral campaigner.

Famous Quotes:

  • In retrospect, all these exercises in self-gratification seem pure fantasy, what Pascal called, licking the earth.
  • Civilization -- a heap of rubble scavenged by scrawny English Lit. vultures.
  • The pursuit of happiness, which American citizens are obliged to undertake, tends to involve them in trying to perpetuate the moods, tastes and aptitudes of youth.
  • This horror of pain is a rather low instinct and... if I think of human beings I've known and of my own life, such as it is, I can't recall any case of pain which didn't, on the whole, enrich life.
  • One of the peculiar sins of the twentieth century which we've developed to a very high level is the sin of credulity. It has been said that when human beings stop believing in God they believe in nothing. The truth is much worse: they believe in anything.
  • Good taste and humor are a contradiction in terms, like a chaste whore.
  • Sex is the mysticism of materialism and the only possible religion in a materialistic society.
  • The trouble with kingdoms of heaven on earth is that they're liable to come to pass, and then their fraudulence is apparent for all to see. We need a kingdom of heaven in Heaven, if only because it can't be realized.
  • St. Teresa of Avila described our life in this world as like a night at a second-class hotel.
  • There's nothing is this world more instinctively abhorrent to me than finding myself in agreement with my fellow-humans.

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Mar 24, 1903
Also known as
  • Thomas Malcolm Muggeridge
  • Catholicism
  • United Kingdom
  • England
  • Selwyn College, Cambridge
  • University of Cambridge
  • Manchester Guardian
    (1932 - )
  • Secret Intelligence Service
    (1942 - )
  • Rector, University of Edinburgh
    ( - 1968/01)
Lived in
  • Moscow
    (1932 - )
  • Maputo
    (1942 - 1943)
  • Algiers
    (1943 - )
Nov 14, 1990

on July 23, 2013


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